“Human trafficking is the fastest growing business in the world. Victims are transported by planes, trains and buses, hotels are often the venue for sexual slavery,” states Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2012
The International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) recently launched educational programs that empower professional tour directors, tour guides and tourism industry workers to recognize and report human trafficking. ITMI applauds President Obama for declaring modern slavery as one of the great human rights battles of our time.
“Human trafficking is the fastest growing business in the world. Victims are transported by planes, trains and buses, hotels are often the venue for sexual slavery,” states Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI. “Tourism industry workers are on the front lines, with proper instruction they can identify and report human traffickers. ITMI is proud to offer this valuable education to tour directors, guides, bus drivers and tourism and hospitality industry workers.”
What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through the use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.
Exploitation of others for profit includes:
- Forced labor
- Sex trafficking
- Debt bondage
- Child sex tourism
- Child pornography
- Involuntary domestic servitude
- Child marriage
- Child soldiers
- Infants sold for adoption
- ‘Harvesting’ of organs
- Organized begging rings
ITMI has recently added a human trafficking awareness module to all of its training and certification programs for tour directors, guides and hospitality industry workers.
Since 1976, ITMI has been the premier training and certification institute for travel and tourism professionals. For more information about ITMI contact Annemarie Osborne (415) 957-9489 or Annemarie(dot)osborne(at)gmail(dot)com or visit: http://www.itmisf.com.
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